30 June 2010

Legacy

We all have it. Some look better then others. We can choose to improve it or tarnish it. It’s Legacy.

The Boss-man and I are building our legacy for generations to come. The Divine path on which we ground our children is for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sake, as well as their own. Ours is built from a foundation that the two of us were set upon.

Our daughters’ inheritance began generations ago. Here is another story from the pages that make our family’s history: 

Grace Most as a single woman before she married Matt Manley

Matt and Grace's family photos for Kits Merryman's THE NEWS TRIBUNE web site presentation.   (Russ Carmack/The News Tribune)  Grace’s mother, Delia, introduced her to Matt during the depression when work was hard to find. Matt made a dollar a day. He was a truck driver for Western Farmers. Delia (Granny) was the cook for the workers and found a nice young man well suited for her daughter. They were married June 30, 1934. They built their house across the street from Granny and Pop. A few years later,
Matt Manley as a Army PFC in 1943

Matt and Grace's family photos for Kits Merryman's THE NEWS TRIBUNE web site presentation.   (Russ Carmack/The News Tribune)  the house moved to the parcel next door to the folks. Matt and Grace lived in the same house their entire married life.  Matt drove truck all over Europe, chasing down Hitler and his destruction. He delivered men to Normandy and drove supplies to the front line and into enemy territory, while Grace kept the home fires burning. When Matt returned, they reared their children and kept 9,000 white “leg’urns” for eggs in a growing and hungry post war population.

(Photo I.D. left to right:  Rick holding onto a rabbit and his brother Jerry  posing for a Easter picture as they were standing infront of their families 1951 Chev.  

Matt and Grace's family photos for Kits Merryman's THE NEWS TRIBUNE web site presentation.   (Russ Carmack/The News Tribune)

Their youngest son and wife and all their children are neighbors to that little house on Route 3. Generations of kids chasing spring calves and slamming the summer screen door, picking autumnal apples and nibbling finska kakor and gingersnaps on a Christmas Eve.

On Gramps last tractor, he sits with Gran; a photo taken for an article written up in the local rag, on the celebration of their 72nd anniversary.

 Matt can't walk a long distance so he rides around his property on his John Deere riding mower.  His wife Grace is with him.   

Matt and Grace Manley  celebrated their 72nd. anniv. on Friday.  They are 92 and 91, and still live in the house they built 71 years ago.  Better still, all of their children still live within a mile of them.  They are having a barbecue at 5:00pm.

Gramps passed away the following August after their 73rd.

Matt and Grace left an important standard to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that Mike and I are not about to tarnish.

In a weak world, we fuss about our happiness and what we deserve.

Economic depression, nor loss of a child, a war and several countries betwixt them, sunup to sundown hard labor did not make these two throw in the towel, it made them stronger and more resolve that marriage was for a lifetime.

Thank you, Gran and Gramps for a heritage worth passing on to “generations to come”.

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Acts 2:38,39-

Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call."

5 comments:

Mildred said...

A very heart-warming post and I love that last photo. What an inspirational couple.

Daisy said...

A long time ago, someone said to me that we are the sum total of our past. How very true! Very nice post. I love that last photo too.

Lanny said...

My family and I are very pleased to have been able to share in a tiny slice of Matt and Grace's love. Both sets of your grandparents, Rebecca, have been an inspiration to Dirt and I.

By the way, I like the way your comment box comes up and that I can sign in with my name and URL.

Emily said...

It's amazing and daunting sometime when I begin to think of the impact we have on generation after generation! I love that you have so many pictures and memories of grandparents!

KathyB. said...

Beautiful post and tribute to your Grandparents, and I most definitely see the legacy of love and commitment they left behind...and a very definite family resemblance too!